For Immediate Release - November 21, 2008

Barnstable Superior Court jury convicted Antonio Sousa

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe today announced that a Barnstable Superior Court jury convicted Antonio Sousa (dob: 9/28/87) of 816 Phinney's Lane, Centerville, after trial on charges of Burglary, Assault on Occupant, Indecent Assault and Battery of a Person over 14 years, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault to Rape and Armed Assault to Rob/Murder.

The charges stem from an incident on October 17, 2006, during the evening hours when the victim interrupted an apparent break into her car and confronted the defendant and indicated she was going to contact police. She fled into her home with the defendant in pursuit where he forced his way through a locked door, beat her about the face and body and sexually assaulted her. The victim was able to fight off the attacker and escaped to a neighbor's house where a 911 call was placed.

Superior Court Judge Richard F. Connon sentenced Sousa to a 15 - 17 year State's prison sentence after four days of trial. The Commonwealth requested a 25-30 year State's prison sentence.

The case was investigated by Barnstable Police Department and prosecuted by Michael Trudeau, First Assistant District Attorney.

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